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[steem-ship] /ˈstimˌʃɪp/
a large commercial vessel, especially one driven by steam.
Origin of steamship
1780-90; steam + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was registered as a British steamship at the port of Liverpool, her official number being 131,428.

    Loss of the Steamship 'Titanic' British Government
  • Take these, with our baggage, to the steamship Aquitania—Cunard Line.

    The Ghost Breaker Paul Dickey
  • We have put this steamship clerk under observation and from now on he will be watched night and day.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • Then came a warning from the manager of the steamship company.

  • My father was a steamship steward and began business at Las Palmas by selling tobacco on board the ships.

    Kit Musgrave's Luck Harold Bindloss
  • The following day the British steamship Oanfa, of London, hove in sight.

  • And so thinking, divided between despair and disgust, Mr. Staff gave the problem up against his arrival on board the steamship.

    The Bandbox Louis Joseph Vance
  • This may be obtained from the steamship Company in Singapore.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • Symington by the steamship stretched one arm of it over the water; Stephenson by the locomotive stretched the other over Pg.

    James Watt Andrew Carnegie
  • "He maneuvers as if he were closing in on the steamship," declared Ensign Andrews.

British Dictionary definitions for steamship


a ship powered by one or more steam engines
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